As data builds indicating Covid-19 vaccines are either "wearing off" for many after about six months and/or are not as effective as hoped against the Delta strain of the virus, more hospitals and health systems are nonetheless requiring vaccines for their workers.
Becker's Hospital Review is tracking the entire list. You can see the full accounting at the link below. Here are the first few hospital systems on the list:
OhioHealth will require the vaccine for its 35,000 associates, providers and volunteers, the Columbus-based health system said Aug. 3. The requirement applies to employed and independent physicians, those in patient-facing and non-patient-facing roles, students and vendors. The compliance deadline is Dec. 1.
Valley Children's Healthcare in Madera, Calif. is requiring its staff, physicians, vendors and those conducting business in its facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19, effective Sept. 21. If an employee is granted a medical or religious exemption, they will have to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. A large percentage of the hospital's patient population is too young to receive the vaccine, which increases their vulnerability to contracting the virus, the hospital told Becker's Aug. 3.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health in Lebanon, N.H., announced Aug. 3 that it will require employees to get vaccinated as a condition of employment, effective Sept. 30. The health system said employees must submit documentation that they have been fully vaccinated or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption.
Baptist Health in Louisville, Ky., will require its nearly 23,000 employees to be vaccinated... (Continued)